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Canadian Books in Ontario Schools

The Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Fund supports publishers in the creation of robust learning materials for established works of Canadian literature, and/or collective marketing activities that will ensure that educational professionals are aware of Canadian titles suitable for use in their classrooms.

Eligible projects should have well-documented and realistic results that have an impact on the visibility of Canadian literary works with Ontario educators.

Application Deadline
August 22, 2019 by 5:00 pm ET

The program has two streams. Eligible applicants may submit applications to one or both streams:

Supplementary Resources to Support Learning and Teaching Through the Curriculum (Individual Publisher): creation of supplementary resources to support learning and teaching through the curriculum for new or forthcoming Canadian literature with demonstrated classroom potential OR Canadian literature with a track record (demonstrable critical or commercial success); and 

Marketing Projects (Group/Collective): projects must include a minimum of 3 eligible companies partnering together on the project, the applicant can also be a trade association; activities must raise awareness of the availability of teacher resource guides to educational professionals, and promote educational opportunities to use Canadian literature in the classroom.

Funding Available 
Eligible applicants may apply for funding based on the following levels:

Supplementary Resources to Support Learning and Teaching Through the Curriculum (Individual Publisher): minimum $5000, maximum $15,000

Marketing Projects (Group/Collective): minimum $10,000, maximum $50,000

NOTE: Full eligibility requirements and details can be found in the Ontario Creates Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Guidelines. Please read the guidelines completely before beginning your application. Ontario Creates reserves the right to revise Guidelines and Application Forms.

Application Process

  • Applications must be submitted via the Ontario Creates Online Application Portal (OAP). Applications submitted by any other method will not be accepted.
  • Before beginning an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered with the OAP. If you do not have a user account on the OAP, please go to https://apply.ontariocreates.ca and click on “Register”. If your company is registered, the Ontario Creates Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Fund deadline will appear in your dashboard. To start the application, click on “Start new application” and follow the onscreen directions to access the application form.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the application process early to allow ample time to compile and complete the necessary information. There is flexibility for completing the application form – you may begin at any time and save information as it is entered. Once saved, you can go back and edit and/or add information until the time when the application is actually submitted.
  • If you encounter problems setting up your company’s corporate information, you can email applyhelp@ontariocreates.ca for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP.

Information Sessions 
Information sessions by request. 

Guidelines, Documents and Application Form
Ontario Creates Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Guidelines pdf icon
Ontario Creates Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Budget Template Excel icon
Applicant Affidavit pdf icon

Application Form/Online Application Portal

Bianca Spence
Program Consultant, Industry Initiatives

Phone: 416-642-6698

Enquiries regarding the Online Application Portal (OAP) should be directed to applyhelp@ontariocreates.ca

To receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please register here with your complete contact information, including your full name, company name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program that you are interested in.

Funding Deadlines

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Friday, January 29, 2021 5:00 PM ET

Export Fund (Book)
Deadline 2: Monday, August 31, 2020 5:00 PM ET

IDM Fund: Global Market Development
Deadline 2: August 31, 2020 5:00 pm ET

Film Fund - Production
CYCLE 2: July 7, 2020, 5:00 PM EST
CYCLE 3: November 17, 2020, 5:00 PM EST

Music Creation
Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:00 PM ET
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 5:PM ET

Export Fund (Film And Television)
Deadline 2: Monday, August 31, 2020 5:00 PM ET

Global Market Development for Music Managers
CYCLE 1: August 6, 2020, 5:00 PM EST
CYCLE 2: October 6, 2020, 5:00 PM EST

Music Industry Initiatives
Thursday, October 29, 2020 5:00 PM ET

Contact Us

Bianca Spence
Program Consultant, Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6698
Email: programs2@ontariocreates.ca


Erin Creasey
Manager, Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6650
Email: ecreasey@ontariocreates.ca

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